Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 08:38:28 -0600 From: "Shalanna (Denise) Weeks" Subject: ADS-L guidelines, appreciation doubted On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, Bapopik wrote: > AMERICAN SPEECH has covered "-gate" words not once nor twice, but four > times. See "Among the New Words" 53.3 Fall 1978, 54.4 Winter 1979, 56.4 > Winter 1981, and 59.2 Summer 1984. [...] > Both Tim and Beverly have written or at least strongly hinted in the past > that anyone (me) who posts etymologies is "unprofessional" and shouldn't be on > ADS-L. Well, I enjoy the etymologies and the jokey etymologies and just about everything about words and new coinages. But then I'm a Richard Lederer fan and have coined many of my own words for my novels. So maybe I "shouldn't" be on ADS-L to get those things. But the WORDS-L list, the one I expected to have these kinds of discussions, is nothing but a chat session made into messages; I've been monitoring that digest, and they have lots of fun, but they seldom even discuss words at all. So this is the only place that I see words discussed. I'm here because I'm a logophile. I'm not sure that a mailing list can be "solely limited to professional talk" and still remain interesting; even over on software-testing-L (swtest-discuss), we have side sessions on test problems and types. If there are guidelines that direct us only to talk about dialect (whatever that is), maybe I ought to go over to the Web site and read them again. I read the welcome message and didn't get this particular bit out of it.